Skills and workforce development

Developing the Authorised Officer Workforce for regulating Australian Education and Care Services 2013

Client:  ACECQA - Australian Children's Education and Quality Authority

WRC assisted the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to develop the workforce responsible for implementing the National Quality Framework (NQF) for Early Childhood Education and Care. The NQF commenced in 1 January 2012, and established a single national quality assurance framework that ACECQA is responsible for overseeing. The regulatory authorities of the states and territories retain primary responsibility for the approval, monitoring, and quality assessment of education and care services in their jurisdiction.

WRC's role was to advise on a workforce development strategy to assist state and territory authorised officer workforces to implement the NQF. This involved extensive theoretical analysis of capabilities and skills required to undertake quality assurance regulation, research into and comparisons with regulatory approaches in other industries and internationally, as well as analysis of documents and survey data from the Authorised Officers.